In these programmes students undertake a series of compulsory modules followed by specialised modules. The academic year starts in mid-September with the Welcome Week. The taught components of the programmes are completed by the end of March to allow sufficient time for the extended 8-week Placement. MA programmes include a substantial research assignment in the form of a Dissertation. Postgraduate Diploma programmes finish in July upon completion of the Work Placement module.
The MMPrac programmes have been designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the frequently complex theoretical and practical issues that face those involved in galleries, museums, and heritage. They also offer an extensive real-life experience of working in the sector through a set of placements. The programmes involve successfully completing the MA, and following this with a 42 week schedule, which consists of an extended thirty-six week placement and six weeks for research time and annual leave commitments. During their placements, students work with colleagues in a wide range of cultural and heritage organisations, who provide supervised and mentored work-experience. The MPrac programmes offer a mix of taught modules and two work-based placements which blend theoretical knowledge and understanding with practical experience.
The Postgraduate Certificate programme has been designed to enable professionals working in museums or art museums to obtain a postgraduate qualification, or for recent graduates who are interested in exploring Museum Studies. This programme consists of two elements, a taught component: the Issues and Ideas module, and a piece of research: the Work-based Project. Students are required to attend the taught component in Newcastle and complete their project in their 'home' museum or gallery.
Programme: Museum Studies
The Heritage, Museums & Galleries Mlitt is a modular research programme, which incorporates taught training components with self-directed research components. MLitt students work with a supervisor to produce a number of small-scale research assignments related to the student's interests. The flexible nature of this programme and its emphasis on research makes it suitable for professionals who are interested in enhancing their career through research. This programme can also be used as a preparatory step for doctoral research.
PhD and MPhil research programmes are available for full-time and part-time study. These programmes give students the oportunity to undertake substantial research in a museum, gallery or heritage related topic with the support of an academic supervisory team. Research students have access to a vibrant research community as well as training and teaching opportunities in ICCHS.
All Postgraduate Taught programmes in ICCHS are also available on a part-time basis. These programmes offer a flexible alternative to students who wish to pursue a postgraduate academic qualification alongside work or family commitments. Part-time students in any of the programmes are required to attend at least 60 credits of study in the first year, including the Issues and Ideas module and the Welcome Week. Individual students have the opportunity to devise their own route through the programme with the advice of their personal tutor. Part-time study is supported by Blackboard, the University's Virtual Learning Environment, which offers access to handbooks, lecture presentations and other relevant module information as well as a dedicated student online forum. Find out more information about part-time study (PDF file).
I regard myself as very lucky to live in the North East of England with excellent Museum, Galleries and Heritage Studies courses on our doorstep! Not only do we benefit from a supply of high calibre graduates who undertake placements and volunteering and frequently and regularly go on to secure employment with us. Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums also benefits from both direct participation in the research activity of ICCHS, and learning from and sharing other research undertaken by the faculty. Joint projects we have undertaken vary greatly in scale from relatively small, short initiatives, through to the major Northern Spirit Project, where a £300,000 research project was part of the £1 million programme which saw the major redevelopment of displays presenting the regional art collections at the Laing Art Gallery. The engagement of academic colleagues from ICCHS brought an added value, depth and degree of engagement which would not have been achievable without them. In addition I would say that I, and my colleagues, continue to learn from our engagement with ICCHS, and just by delivering lectures every year to the students we keep in touch both with important reading for our subject area and also with what is important to students and academics.
Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums